Presentation tip: Showing code

Since MEDC 2005, I have been tapped to present sessions many times.  Over the past three years, I have learned a lot and have grown as a presenter. When I was first getting started, I attended my first speaker training course.  Speaker training is a one-on-one class where you meet with your coach and he/she…

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Quick Tip: Add files to Visual Studio projects the easy way

Here’s another in my series of "why didn’t I know this feature was there". While I was doing a technical review last week, I learned about a much easier way to add files to my Visual Studio projects. In the solution explorer Select a project Click the "Show all files" button Right-click on the desired…

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Quick Tip: Debugging Smart Device Unit Tests

While browsing MSDN today, I came upon a handy article that I wanted to share.   Titled ‘How to: Debug while Running a Smart Device Unit Test’, it provides step by step instructions on debugging your test projects. There is one additional step I would like to add to those listed in the article. WARNING: Using…

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Quick Tip: Getting the Collection of Checked ListView Items

Have you ever created a ListView control and wanted to get the collection of items that the user has checked?  While I was working on my demo for MEDC, that was one of the things that I needed to be able to do.  If I were writing my application for the .NET Framework, I would…

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Quick Tip: Using XPath to find nodes by attribute value

There are some things that I can just remember: phone numbers, locker combinations, and the like.  There are others that I have to lookup again and again and again.  XPath query syntax is one of the latter items.  Today, I’d like to talk a little about XPath queries.The following XML contains a collection of “Friend”…

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No ParameterizedThreadStart? No problem.

The .NET Compact Framework is a subset of the .NET Framework.  As such, there are features and functionality that exist in the .NET Framework that do not in the .NET Compact Framework.  One such feature is ParameterizedThreadStart.If your ThreadStart delegate needs data provided by the caller you can create a wrapper object for the method. …

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Quick Tip: Identifing the interfaces that an object implements

Have you ever wondered what type an object is?  How about what interfaces the object implements?  Using the .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework, this information is very easy to determine.The first thing we need to know about an object is it’s type.  Every object, including Object, has a method called GetType().  For a given…

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Quick Tip – Sharing code between multiple projects in Visual Studio 2005

I have long been an advocate for putting common code into an assembly that is shared by applications needing the functionality.  That said, there are times where the separate assembly approach is not appropriate.  For those situations, today’s tip may help make code sharing easier.I have a project (called TestApp) that targets the .NET Compact…

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Quick Tip: Specifying a field’s name when using the XmlSerializer

Last month, I wrote about how to instruct the XmlSerializer to create an XML attribute for fields in an object.  Today, I’d like to talk about how to specify the name used to represent a field in the resulting XML.By default, when an object is serialized, fields are serialized into nodes with names that match…

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‘const’ vs ‘static readonly’

I’m a big fan of reusing code whenever and wherever possible.  A long time ago, I wrote an assembly that provided common methods and data to some applications I was writing.  When I first wrote the assembly, I exposedthe common data as public fields decorated with the const keyword, as shown in the example below.public…

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